Being an unpaid carer is hard work and can impact upon other areas of a carer’s life such as work, relationships, finances & social life.
Counselling is an opportunity for the carer to focus on themselves and to think about their own needs.
Counselling can support carers in a non-judgemental and safe environment to think about their situation, look at their options, and find ways to cope in a more positive way. When a carer participates in counselling they will be able to explore their thoughts and feelings, including their relationship with the person they care for.
The Leonardo Trust maybe able to fund a course of counselling for a carer. This would be subject to eligibility and income criteria. We may ask you to contribute towards the cost.
To be eligible the carer needs to be a recognised unpaid carer and live in Dorset.
Referrals must be made via a health/social care professional, that can confirm they are an unpaid carer. If you are referring a client for the counselling service and you are a professional employed by BCP Council or Dorset Council, please contact the office for the relevant forms.